Plant Combination for Shade

The white variegated foliage of Acer palmatum ‘Ukigumo’, commonly called the floating cloud maple, is a wonderful small tree that will bring light to a shady spot. Hardy fuchsias are colorful, easy-care perennials that flower over an incredibly long season. The color echo between the Fuchsia ‘Fuchsiade 88’ and Heuchera ‘Amethyst Myst’ is zippy and fun. On the ground plane, the juxtaposition of fine versus bold is the main attraction. Feathery fern fronds and the uncommonly large leaves of Bergenia ciliata ‘Dumbo’ provide a nice contrast of plant form and foliage shape in shades of green.


Growing Conditions

Zone: 8

Exposure: Filtered Sun, Full Shade, Morning Sun, Open Shade, Part Shade

Water Needs: Average, Regular / Even

Design Considerations

Style: Northwest Eclectic, Woodland
Seasons of Interest: Fall, Spring, Summer, Three Seasons of Interest

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low
Maintenance Tasks: Once-a-Year Care

Plants In this Combo

  • Acer palmatum 'Ukigumo'

    Floating Cloud Japanese Maple

    Type: Tree
    Exposure: Full Shade, Part Shade, Filtered Sun, Open Shade
    Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9

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  • Bergenia ciliata 'Dumbo'

    Dumbo Bergenia

    Type: Perennial
    Exposure: Part Sun, Full Shade, Part Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade
    Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8

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  • Fuchsia 'Fuchsiade 88'

    Fuchsiade 88 Fuchsia

    Type: Perennial
    Exposure: Part Sun, Full Shade, Part Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade
    Zone: 8, 9, 10

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  • Heuchera 'Amethyst Myst'

    Amethyst Myst Coral Bells

    Type: Perennial
    Exposure: Part Sun, Part Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade
    Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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  • Polystichum setiferum

    Soft Shield Fern

    Type: Fern
    Exposure: Full Shade, Part Shade, Deep Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade
    Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9

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